The description explains my thoughts on the ride, if you're interested:
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Today I rode Paige, a quarter horse mare primarily trained for amateur hunter/jumper. She's owned by a friend, and she's quite a talented little mare. I was riding her in a d-ring single-jointed snaffle this day.
I'm still not entirely fit - far from it. It's been difficult to re-find my center of balance and feel on the horse, and I still haven't been cantering or sitting the trot. I find myself slipping to the side around turns and I find it difficult to slow my posting or sit deep. But I'm almost glad to start back at square one because my body isn't incorrectly muscled or tense from riding/exercising incorrectly. If I start in the right position, I'll develop the right muscles, avoid tension, and not have to fix so many things!
Paige was been really great - not so tanky and on her front end like she is some days. Her conformation works against in that she is built slightly downhill and tends to drop her shoulder and run. But a lot of figures and turns got her bending, and exercises like rein-backs transitions got her to step more through and up. I've been encouraging her to seek and move into the contact, and she's figured out that it makes things a lot easier for her - she's starting to love the long-low-out frame! She also did really great with her leg stretches and in-hand flexions pre-ride.
She was quite stiff on her right side, and I noticed that she wouldn't give up her ribcage and she'd tip her nose inward instead of bending through the poll. She got much better by the end of the ride, but I'll recommend Tammy to adjust her atlas or show me how to do it.
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